The Artivist Film Tour kicks off its 2012 program on Jan. 25 and 26 at Columbia University with a medley of five award-winning short films addressing the festival’s mission: Raising Awareness for Humanity, Animals, and the Environment through informative and inspiring international films.
The program begins with an international travel through the USA, Philippines, Vietnam, the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, and with a universal message of hope and determination.
Among the films is “THE LEAVES KEEP FALLING,” winner of an ARTIVIST AWARD: BEST SHORT – ENVIRONMENT. The film was shot by Ed Kashi and directed by Julie Winokur of Talking Eyes Media.
As part of its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange defoliant on Vietnam. Forty years later, the toxin from Agent Orange is still wreaking havoc on three generations of Vietnamese civilians. ‘The Leaves Keep Falling’ captures the day-to-day struggle of caring for these survivors of a war.